Hey mes petits dreamers,
Today I discovered Solidays – okay, as you know, that’s a small lie. It was actually yesterday. And what a day! Easily the most memorable I’ve had in Paris so far.
What would the world be without music? In my opinion: nothing. The Solidays music festival in Paris is a benefit event organized by Solidarity AIDS, which seeks to educate youth about the virus. What a great idea.
First held in 1999, Solidays is kind of a mini-Glastonbury with fewer hippies and a mix of French stars and some respectable international names, such as Angus and Julia Stone (obviously a personal fav as they’re fellow Aussies), Xavier Rudd & the United Nations, Caribou, Paul Kalkbrenner, Asaf Avidan to name just a few.
The festival goes on over three days at the Longchamp racecourse, with live shows playing on multiple stages and the option to camp. The artists volunteer their talent and all ticket sales go to benefit AIDS relief organizations. With 80 concerts and over 200 artists, Solidays brings together a vast mix of festival goers of all ages. It is one of the best – and biggest – music festivals in Paris. In fact, it’s the second largest music festival in France.
On top of everything, I was lucky enough to be at the festival the day the colour party fell. I’ve always dreamed of going to the real Holi festival in India, which signifies the victory of good over evil and, for many, is a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive. Today at Solidays was exactly the same vibe: thousands of arms in the air, singing and sprinkling their colourful powder and good cheer.
Floated out of the festival on cloud nine looking an absolute mess. I couldn’t take the smile off my face.
Still getting lost in the right direction.
Jumping for Solidays.
La vie en rose.
I need to do more squats.
Festival mon amour.
The calm before the color storm.
New look balloon.
Fellow festival goers.
A few seconds later she was gone 🙁
Nigel no friends.
Charlene and her posse to the rescue!